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Miscanthus sinensis Variegatus

eulalia 'Variegatus'

Delicate variegated leaves

A tall grass with bamboo like stems and long narrow leaves, conspicuously striped with creamy white. Growing in clumps the plants grow to 1.8metres (6ft), less on dry soils. Fluffy, fan-like flower heads appear at the top of some stems in autumn. Leaves and flower heads turn parchment and persist well into winter. Leaves and stems are easily stirred by the breeze. A lovely grass to contrast with purple foliage or against a dark background.


Plant in full sun or semi-shade in beds and borders to add height amongst perennials and shrubs or with other grasses.


Grows on any reasonable fertile soil that is not too dry. Cut back to 20cm (8ins) in mid-late winter when the leaves begin to drop. Lift and divide every few years. May need support on exposed sites.  

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Grass
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 150 cm - 250 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 250 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds, Gravel garden

Typically available

From April to September